Insights into radiation damage from atomic resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy imaging of mono-layer CuPcCl16 films on graphene

Author(s)
Andreas Mittelberger, Christian Kramberger, Jannik C. Meyer
Abstract

Atomically resolved images of monolayer organic crystals have only been obtained with scanning probe methods so far. On the one hand, they are usually prepared on surfaces of bulk materials, which are not accessible by (scanning) transmission electron microscopy. On the other hand, the critical electron dose of a monolayer organic crystal is orders of magnitudes lower than the one for bulk crystals, making (scanning) transmission electron microscopy characterization very challenging. In this work we present an atomically resolved study on the dynamics of a monolayer CuPcCl16 crystal under the electron beam as well as an image of the undamaged molecules obtained by low-dose electron microscopy. The results show the dynamics and the radiation damage mechanisms in the 2D layer of this material, complementing what has been found for bulk crystals in earlier studies. Furthermore, being able to image the undamaged molecular crystal allows the characterization of new composites consisting of 2D materials and organic molecules.

Organisation(s)
Physics of Nanostructured Materials
Journal
Scientific Reports
Volume
8
No. of pages
7
ISSN
2045-2322
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-23077-z
Publication date
03-2018
Peer reviewed
Yes
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
Materials physics
Keywords
Portal url
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/en/publications/insights-into-radiation-damage-from-atomic-resolution-scanning-transmission-electron-microscopy-imaging-of-monolayer-cupccl16-films-on-graphene(14478872-9c64-4a3f-8f59-d72d784fde7f).html